When it came to selecting the 12 seniors for this year’s Kentucky All-Stars, coach Allen Feldhaus Jr. said versatility was a key.
“I like that most of them can play multiple positions,” said Feldhaus, the coach at state champion Madison Central High School. “We have two guys I consider true post players, and everybody else can play on the perimeter and put it on the floor and shoot it a little bit.”
The Kentucky boys’ basketball roster was announced Saturday, with the Louisville area represented by four players: Bullitt East’s Derek Willis and Rusty Troutman, Trinity’s Darryl Hicks and Central’s Stuart Jackson.
Kentucky will face Indiana in the annual series June 14 at Louisville’s Freedom Hall and June 15 at Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Madison Central’s Dominique Hawkins will wear the No. 1 jersey for Kentucky after being named Mr. Basketball on Friday night. Indiana has not yet named its Mr. Basketball.
Feldhaus said there were few surprises on the Kentucky roster, though he said he knew little about Pikeville’s Ray Kasongo, 6 feet 8, and Bardstown’s Devonte Grundy before tryouts earlier this month.
“I had never seen Kasongo in person, and he’s quite a specimen,” Feldhaus said. “Grundy was a kid I had only seen in the (All “A”) tournament. He shot the ball really well during tryouts.”
Feldhaus said Kasongo and 6-9 Jack Whitman of Lexington Catholic will be Kentucky’s post players. He will likely use Hawkins at point guard.
“I just wanted two point guards and two (post players) and everybody else to have some versatility,” Feldhaus said. “Indiana has a bunch of 6-6 and 6-7 wing players. We don’t have many of those in Kentucky.”
Along with the senior team, Kentucky released a 19-player roster for the junior All-Stars games that will be played June 7 in Kentucky and June 8 in Indiana. Venues will be chosen at a later date.
The junior roster includes seven players from Louisville: Pleasure Ridge Park’s LaMontray Harris and D’Angelo Hunter, Ballard’s Kelan Martin and Quentin Snider, St. Xavier’s Robert Shaw, Moore’s Jaelin Sanford, and Trinity’s Trey Ivory.
The roster of Kentucky juniors:
Brent Bach (Augusta), Darion Burns (Fleming County), Christen Cunningham (Henry Clay), Jackson Davis (Lafayette), Trey Edwards (Hopkinsville), Trent Gilbert (Scott County), Jordan Green (Henry Clay), Trey Grundy (Henry Clay), Shane Hall (Johnson Central), LaMontray Harris (Pleasure Ridge Park), Brandon Hatton (Dixie Heights), D’Angelo Hunter (Pleasure Ridge Park), Trey Ivory (Trinity), Justin Johnson (Perry County Central), Kelan Martin (Ballard), Jaelin Sanford (Moore), Robert Shaw (St. Xavier), Hunter Shelton (Apollo), Quentin Snider (Ballard).
* Note: The Kentucky girls’ senior and junior All-Stars teams will be released today.
KENTUCKY ALL-STARS BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAM
|Ken-Jah Bosley||Madison Central||6-1||19.0||Undecided|
|x-Dominique Hawkins||Madison Central||6-1||20.4||Undecided|
|Darryl Hicks||Trinity||6-3||16.0||Boston College|
|Tyler Jones||Montgomery Co.||6-0||8.9||Undecided|
|Omar Prewitt||Montgomery Co.||6-3||22.9||Bellarmine|
|Rusty Troutman||Bullitt East||6-5||17.7||Bellarmine|
|Jack Whitman||Lex. Catholic||6-9||19.0||William & Mary|
|Derek Willis||Bullitt East||6-9||17.4||Kentucky|
x – automatic pick as Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball
Head coach: Allen Feldhaus Jr., Madison Central
Assistant coach: Chris O’Hearn, Mason County